For all the hype and hysteria of who Negan gets to kill, the creatives behind The Walking Dead have been dropping hints to a much bigger world afterwards.
Now comic creator Robert Kirkman spoke to Entertainment Weekly about this specific issue, and just what lies in that bigger world. Kirkman shared that the show will now touch on the Kingdom, a deeper look at the Saviors and the Sanctuary.
"What we're finding is there's a lot of civilization out there. There are smaller groups here and there that actually have been thriving and it gets to be a little exciting because we're going to be seeing how they've been surviving, and a lot of them have been getting by in a much different way than Rick and his group."
The interesting part here is that, for six seasons, we have been privy to what Rick and his crew have been doing, acting on, and deciding about. And this time, we're going to be seeing a bigger world from an outsider's perspective, just like Rick and the gang. They have been living in their own respective worlds just as in day one, but we aren't sure how they have developed so far.
The lens that The Walking Dead creatives are going for actually makes sense. When we think about it, the last season saw Rick and everyone else taking a more aggressive stance following their experience at Terminus and the Prison with the Governor. And we sort of see the justification as to why the change had to happen.
Now we see Negan and become shocked in his ways—so maybe this is what the group will get to discover after they get over the hurdle of seeing one of their own get the bat.
"They kept encountering groups along the way that were as prepared as them… That built them up in a way that blinded them to the fact that there are other people out there that maybe survived worse, and maybe did worse things to survive those things, and are maybe more prepared than they could ever be, because there are a lot of lines that Rick and his group won't cross that Negan and his group have had in their rearview mirror for years."
I kind of get now how exactly the world will change big time under Negan's rule. It's not just the epic-ness of the death, whoever that person or persons may be. This time, it might be about them questioning their own beliefs as to whether the line that the drew will have to be blurred now to survive.
The Walking Dead will be back on AMC on Oct. 23.
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